It's hard to have a book sell back program at a small art school. As much as we would love to start getting digital books, the students do not have laptops first semester. Even when they get their MacBooks, publishing companies for ebooks are not consistent. Some rent out e-books, while others sell them to keep. Many online books have no page numbers on the book, so it's hard to tell the students to read certain pages. There are just too many problems going that route.
Some Perks About Campus Book Rentals:
- They have a huge selection of books.
- They have live help. To me this is such a perk. It's difficult going to a site, having questions, and not having someone there that can help.
- There is no fee to sign up.
- They have a 1-800 number. It's very visible.
- College students spend 40-90% off what they would if they bought the book full price. If the student loves the book they can keep it and just pay the difference.
- The book can be highlighted or underlined in with no additional cost to the student.
- Renting a book is kinder to the environment. Books that you don't want to buy, but need, is then reused by someone else.
- The book can be returned in 30 days for any reason. I know instructors change their mind on books. They are flexible on their renting periods.
- The shipping is free both ways. The company actually gives the student a self addressed envelope for easy returning.
- For every book rented, they donate money to Operation Smile. A nonprofit organization that helps children that are born with a cleft pallet.
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